“with as much transparency as is possible to achieve without compromising our operations”

The BBC reports that the SDLP’s Alex Attwood is complaining that proposed security protocols mean that MI5 will remain accountable only to senior UK Ministers, Parliament and the judiciary, however limited that may be, and not to a local Northern Ireland Justice Minister – just as it is in the rest of the UK. From the BBC report

The DUP’s Ian Paisley Jnr said the SDLP needed to accept the fact that issues concerning national security would not be devolved. “The local justice minister will have responsibility to deal with local justice issues in terms of courts, prison service and the general holding to account of the police service,” he said. “No local justice minister is having their fingers near the national security of the UK.”